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Chris Rock is among the millions of fully vaccinated Americans who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Chris Rock, pictured in NYC on Sept. 13, took to Twitter on Sunday to share the news of his Covid-19 diagnosis.

The 56-year-old actor and comedian urged his social media followers to get vaccinated.

"Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don't want this. Get vaccinated."

Back in May, the "Grown Ups" star joked with late night host Jimmy Fallon that not only was he fully vaccinated, but that he jumped the line to get the injection.

"I was like, 'Step aside, Betty White, I did (the movie) Pootie Tang. Step aside, old people'. I was like Billy Zane on the Titanic. Leo (DiCaprio) died. Billy Zane lived to see another day. I don't want to be Leo at the bottom of the ocean... Billy Zane got another woman after that thing. In reality, you want to be Leo - but not in that movie."

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Rock, pictured with fellow comedian Dave Chappelle, also joked: "I'm two-shots Rock, that's what they call me." He clarified that he received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In 2020, Rock made a surprise appearance at a press conference with former New York governor Andrew Cuomo to urge New Yorkers to wear face coverings.

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"It's the kids who really aren't wearing a mask, and you know, it's sad. It's sad that our health has become, you know, a sort of political issue... It's a status symbol, almost, to not wear a mask."

Over 76% of Americans have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

A recent study out of Israel found that natural immunity confers longer-lasting protection against the Delta variant than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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Pfizer-BioNTech has announced a new oral antiviral treatment for the coronavirus that must be taken twice per day along with the mRNA vaccines.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla announced the new pills in a tweet on Wednesday.

"Success against #COVID19 will likely require both vaccines & treatments. We're pleased to share we've started a Phase 2/3 study of our oral antiviral candidate-specifically designed to combat SARS-CoV-2-in non-hospitalized, low-risk adults."

Pfizer is projected to earn $34 billion in 2021 from sales of its mRNA vaccines.

In a press release this week, Pfizer stated the pills were developed to specifically target SARS-CoV-2 in fully vaccinated, "non-hospitalized, low-risk adults."

Pfizer says the oral protease inhibitor antiviral pills will be "mandated" for all symptomatic adults who are "not at increased risk of progressing to severe illness, which may lead to hospitalization or death."

In other words, the pills will be mandated for adults who have natural immunity and are not likely to get sick if they contract Covid-19.
 

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech for its Covid-19 messenger RNA vaccine.

Health officials hope the full FDA approval will ease vaccine hesitancy in the Black community. The vaccination rate in the Black community is the lowest among ethnic groups in America.
 
READ ALSO: Pfizer CEO Blames Russia For Vaccine Hesitancy Among Black People
 
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla blamed the Russians for the low vaccination rates among Black Americans and other minorities.

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Pfizer can now market its vaccine directly to Black consumers under the brand name Comirnaty. It isn't clear if Pfizer will begin charging consumers for booster shots.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved a third booster shot for immunocompromised people, such as cancer patients, transplant patients, and people who autoimmune disorders.

The FDA approval may lead to more vaccine mandates in blue states where businesses are urged to ban the unvaccinated.

"The FDA's approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic," acting FDA commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock said in a statement on Monday.

"While this and other vaccines have met the FDA's rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product. Today's milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S."

Prior to Monday, Pfizer's vaccine was only available on an emergency basis. Pfizer said the shot is still available to 12-15-year-olds on an emergency authorization basis.

Question: Do you plan to take the shot now that it's fully approved?

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Americans who received 2 doses of Covid-19 messenger RNA vaccines are no longer "fully vaccinated," according to new guidance from the CDC.

The CDC announced Wednesday, Aug. 18, that a third dose of the experimental mRNA vaccine will be available for immunosuppressed individuals starting the week of September 20.

The third dose, called "booster" shots, are necessary, according to the CDC, because data submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shows the vaccine's effectiveness wears off after 6-8 months.
 
READ ALSO: FDA Authorizing THIRD Coronavirus mRNA Injection for Immunocompromised People
 
A reporter asked at a video press conference on Wednesday, "What will it mean to be fully vaccinated once people are eligible for boosters? Will it be two shots or three shots?"

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy responded:

"Our recommendation, down the line, again pending the advice and the review of the FDA..., is that we believe that that third dose will ultimately be needed to provide the fullest and continual extent of protection that we think people will need for the virus."

Prior to Wednesday, the definition of "fully vaccinated" meant two doses of mRNA vaccine or one shot of the J&J "dead virus" vaccine.

The booster shots will be available for immunocompromised individuals first in mid-September. Then it will become available to health care workers, nursing home residents and the elderly who got the first 2 doses.

The general population who received the first 2 doses will be eligible to receive the third booster shot in late September or early October, pending full approval by the FDA.

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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla blames the Russians for low vaccination rates among Black Americans and other minorities.

Just 27% of Black Americans are vaccinated, according to CDC statistics. Caucasians, Asians and Hispanics have higher vaccinations rates than Black people.

Bourla blamed Russia for vaccine hesitancy particularly in minority communities where distrust of the government is highest.
 
ALSO READ: Coronavirus mRNA vaccines may not work for obese people
 
The CEO claims Russia masterminded online campaigns to spread misinformation among Americans.

"So many times we've got information from the [US] state department who tell us: 'We see that Russia is attacking you in an effort to discredit your vaccine.'"

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Pfizer was the first mRNA vaccine to be granted emergency authorization status by the FDA last year. Bourla told Consumeradvisory.com, "We are the most efficient vaccine machine."

Bourla said Pfizer's inoculation is the reason America nearly achieved herd immunity. But there's still a ways to go.

"If mRNA had failed, I think we would have been in a very, very difficult spot right now. We would need to vaccinate way more people to get the same result, in many cases 40 to 50 per cent more."

Bourla said the solution to reduce vaccine hesitancy is by shaming the unvaccinated.

"The worst thing you can do with these people — and there's a lot of this — is saying: 'You're not a man, are you not aware that you're putting everybody else in danger?'" he said.

Bourla said he has "personal views" about mandating vaccines nationwide.

"It's very easy to perceive that we have an interest. More people getting vaccinations means more vaccines sold."

Bourla projects sales of Pfizer vaccine to hit $34 billion in 2021.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a third coronavirus mRNA injection for "immunocompromised" people beginning on Thursday, Aug. 12.

The federal health agency expanded emergency use for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA to administer third "booster" shots to people with compromised or weak immunity.

The shots are authorized for people who received the first two injections and are considered immunocompromised due to cancer treatment, autoimmune disorders, HIV or other conditions that weaken the immune system.

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Americans with weak or compromised immunity are allowed to get a third coronavirus vaccine beginning on Thursday, Aug. 12.
 
ALSO READ: Should You Get a Third Vaccine Shot? The CDC Says Not Yet
 
Previously, health experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and the World Health Organization (WHO) said third boosters shots were not necessary.

However, Pfizer and Moderna claim third shots are needed because the first 2 injections are "wearing off" and antibody levels are decreasing among the fully vaccinated population.

Neither Pfizer nor Modern vaccines prevent the spread of the virus or prevent the fully vaccinated from contracting the virus.

Pfizer and Moderna have applied to the FDA for full approval of their vaccines.

About 50% of the U.S. population have been fully vaccinated.

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As Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC report "surging" coronavirus "variant" cases, pharmaceutical companies urge a third mRNA vaccine "booster" shot.

Pfizer-BioNTech is projected to earn $30 billion from vaccines in 2021.

Pfizer-BioNTech submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a third vaccination booster shot.

The FDA is already in the process of reviewing Pfizer-BioNTech's request for full approval of its emergency authorized vaccines.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla claims that a third booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine will be needed as the Delta and Lambda variants continue to surge across the US.

Bourla claims the immunity provided by the first two mRNA injections will wear off after 6 months.

However, natural God-given immunity typically lasts a lifetime. Natural immunity occurs after a virus enters the body (with or without symptoms).

When healthy, the natural immune system detects and responds to invading virus and kills the pathogens before the organisms can multiply in the body.
 
READ ALSO: CDC Investigates heart inflammation in young people who got Covid-19 vaccine
 
Ugur Sahin, CEO of Pfizer's German partner BioNTech, recently stated that he's not calling for a third booster shot just yet.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also said a third booster shot is not needed.

Pfizer said Wednesday it will require all of its U.S. employees and contractors to become fully vaccinated or participate in weekly rapid Covid testing.

Question: If you are fully vaccinated, do you plan to take the third booster shot?

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a January goal to decide whether to fully approve Pfizer's Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

The Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine was the first to be given emergency authorization by the FDA in 2020. If approved, Pfizer's mRNA injections will be the first fully approved coronavirus vaccine in the U.S.

Full FDA approval would allow Pfizer to directly market the shots to the general public at a price yet to be determined.

Full approval would only be for people aged 18 and older because emergency approval for people under 18 only occurred in May, according to DailyMail.com.

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As of Friday, more than 186.5 million vaccines have been administered in the U.S. The White House missed its goal of 70% of Americans with at least one vaccine dose.

Health experts are hopeful that full FDA approval will ease vaccine hesitancy in the Black community.

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Volunteers are knocking on doors of unvaccinated Americans in urban and rural areas to urge compliance.

The FDA met with officials from Pfizer to approve a third booster shot. However, the FDA and CDC say Americans who are fully vaccinated do not need a third booster shot.

People with long Covid symptoms in the UK are participating in trials to receive monthly Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

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The first man in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 mRNA vaccine has passed away at age 81. Bill Shakespeare received the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 injection at University Hospital in Coventry, England on December 8, 2020.

No cause of death was disclosed. However, reports stated that he died of an "unrelated illness."

He was only the second person to receive the experimental mRNA vaccine, after 91-year-old Margaret Keenan received the shot at the same hospital.

Britain hailed Shakespeare's shot as a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as it launched the biggest vaccination program in the country's history.

Coventry councilor Jayne Innes confirmed Mr. Shakespeare's death in a Facebook post on Tuesday. She said the "best tribute to Bill is to have the jab... Bill will be remembered for many things, including a taste for mischief."

West Midlands Labour group tweeted: "Bill made global headlines as the first man to have Covid vaccine... Our thoughts are with Joy and Bill's family and friends."

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Dr. Rajendra Kapila, a "giant in the field of infectious diseases" passed away in India from Covid-19, after getting the both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. He was 81.

Dr. Kapila, a professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, was in India to take care of ailing family members when he fell ill and died.

Thousands are dying in India due to lack of oxygen, beds and medical supplies in hospitals there.

As news of the fully vaccinated doctor's death spread rapidly on social media, Snopes.com wrote:

Snopes claimed, "As of this writing, this rumor is a mixture of both facts and unverified information."

"Snopes was not able to determine the circumstances surrounding Kapila's death, including whether he was indeed vaccinated or if he had contracted COVID-19 while caring for a relative in India."

However, friends on Twitter.com confirmed that he was in India to take care of sick family members -- and that he was fully vaccinated before traveling from the U.S.

His stay in India was expected to be brief.

Dr. Kapila was a founding member of the New Jersey Infectious Disease Society.